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Old 01-29-2013, 08:58 PM
 
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How is it going up to North County in the morning and leaving North County at night? I've never done this commute. I work in Carlsbad and currently live in Escondido -- THAT's not a fun commute, lemme tell ya. So anything is probably better. But I had no idea what the 78 was like when we moved here. I want to be prepared this time. We have friends in Clairemont and are thinking of relocating there.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:59 PM
 
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It's a long drive but I've done it many times, including 8 and 9AM meetings (Downtown SD to the large business park up behind Palomar airport)

It is a bit of a reverse commute because you avoid the killer southbound offramps at UTC and Del Mar. But it's still a long drive and accidents happen - there will be plenty of 1hr+ drives, especially in the PM in summers.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:02 AM
 
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If events are going on at Petco or Qualcomm or Balboa Park, your commute would be just as bad as if it were in rush hour direction. Luckily, that doesn't happen too often.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:55 AM
 
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That one can really suck
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:26 PM
 
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If events are going on at Petco or Qualcomm or Balboa Park, your commute would be just as bad as if it were in rush hour direction. Luckily, that doesn't happen too often.
Qualcomm and Balboa Park are well south of Clairemont. I wouldn't think they'd affect it ...?
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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Qualcomm and Balboa Park are well south of Clairemont. I wouldn't think they'd affect it ...?
They do. At least football is on Sunday.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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I commuted from PB to Carlsbad off Palomar Airport Rd for 4 years. It was about 45 minutes door to door in the morning and anywhere from 45 - 90 min in the evening door to door. The on ramp at Garnett Ave adds about 5-10 min in the morning because it's so backed up, at least coming from PB. Evenings are worse especially during summer as someone else mentioned. Probably closer to 60 min on average in the evening. The worst days would be 90 min.

It is a reverse commute and once you get past UTC/Sorrento Valley there is usually not any slow traffic up to Carlsbad. There is a lot of volume but it moves smoothly and quickly but an accident can cause a lot of delay.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:39 AM
 
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Qualcomm and Balboa Park are well south of Clairemont. I wouldn't think they'd affect it ...?
They do, because traffic backs up beyond the destination. Events at Petco can mess up traffic as far as Rancho Bernardo.
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Old 06-13-2016, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Carlsbad CA
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In the morning, Taking the 5 North from Clairemont to North County is a smooth drive and there isn't usually much traffic, other than the I-805 stretch from Clairemont Mesa Blvd to Sorrento Valley/Mira Mesa.
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Old 06-13-2016, 06:35 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Thinking outside the box...have you considered living pretty much anywhere nearer to the coast North of the 56?
It'd be a reverse commute, with pretty much no traffic to worry about; going south of the merge can get pretty gridlocked during the evening.
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